Reading football in Brazil through a boy’s own story
journal contributionposted on 04.06.2015, 08:39 authored by Seth Burkett, Alan BairnerAlan Bairner
This essay is a contribution to debates about football in Brazil. It is also an attempt to engage in discussions about how we come to know and talk about the social world around us. The central element of the essay is the story of one young man’s interaction with a particular sporting space and the emotions and insights that are triggered by memories of that place, situated as it is in a rapidly developing country but retaining many of the problems associated with under development. Absolved from any responsibility to adhere to a dominant value system or to feel constrained by research ethics, the storyteller is free to offer honest, if conflicted, personal reflections on a range of issues, including poverty, ‘race’ and sporting values. The result is a story which does not negate the necessity of more orthodox research on sport in Brazil, particularly related to the hosting of sport mega events but which reminds us of the importance of understanding the world through everyday personal experience.
- Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences